Hodgdon Benchmark

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by greener280, Apr 25, 2010.

  1. greener280

    greener280 Well-Known Member

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    Has anyone had experience with Benchmark with calibers like the 22-250? I am curious how temperature sensitive the powder is because I am shooting in temperatures ranging from 10-100 degrees. Also can anyone who is shooting this powder tell me what range they are getting in velocities.
     
  2. Loner

    Loner Well-Known Member

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    I shoot it in 223 and have loaded it in 22-250. No problems in the 223 -10 to 75. I think Hodgdon considered it an extreme powder. I still wouldn't work up a max load in the middle of winter though.
     

  3. ForneyRider

    ForneyRider Well-Known Member

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    I use Benchmark(ADI Benchmark 2) for .223 light bullets and Varget(ADI 2208) for .22-250 50gr. Both are Extreme Extruded powders from ADI in Australia. They are advertised as less temp. sensitive than other brands.

    Benchmark should work just fine with .22-250. It is a very flexible cartridge.

    For me, Benchmark is easier to meter in powder dropper than Varget.

    Hodgdon - The Gun Powder People has load data and info on the powders.
     
  4. Hairtrigger

    Hairtrigger Well-Known Member

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    The owner of a local shop just sold me #8 of Benchmark he has had for several years, AT WHAT HE PAID FOR IT BACK THEN!
    The first I have used it is in my 260 but I plan on trying it in my 22-250
     
  5. ovastafford

    ovastafford Well-Known Member

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    Don't know if this helps but I use it in my .204 with 32gr blitzkings. Shoots .25" 5 shots at 100 yards. Let me know how it works in the 22-250. Thanks
     
  6. sniper2

    sniper2 Well-Known Member

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    Shoots bug holes out of my .22benchrest with 'ol Brady Knight's bullets (52) gr...
     
  7. MagnumManiac

    MagnumManiac Well-Known Member

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    I have had very good results with benchmark in my 22-250!
    It has given very respectable velocities with 50gr BT's and, yes it is a very temp stable powder. I have used it in sub zero (C) temps right up to 100 (F) without issue.
    It is very uniform in velocity, I got ES's of 8 with a tuned load and it didn't show any tendency to show swinging velocities with temp changes.
     
  8. Coach Hunt

    Coach Hunt Well-Known Member

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    Howdy,
    I have recently switched to Hodgdon Benchmark from IMR 3031 (in a different caliber) for just the reason you mentioned... temperature stability. I have hunted coyotes from -15 to over 100 and the Benchmark is more accurate and much, MUCH better in the temperature stability department.

    Just my experience, and good shooting!

    Coach
     
  9. B23

    B23 Well-Known Member

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    If you go to Hodgdon's website they have a far amount of load data using Benchmark in a 22-250. IMHO their site is worth taking a look at.

    www.hodgdon.com

    In three different .223's Benchmark is all I use. It has worked great for me in my .223's and it flows like water thru my powder measure.
     
  10. KDB

    KDB Well-Known Member

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    I liked the velocities I was getting, but did not get the accuracy I was looking for with 50 and 55's in 22-250. Haven't shot in extreme cold, but have shot in high heat with out problem. One of the better powders in my 223 though with 50-55's.
     
  11. greener280

    greener280 Well-Known Member

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    Magnum Manic would you be interested sharing your load information with me.